Ireland Days 2 & 3

Doolin–> Ballyvaughan–>Galway–> Connemara

First of all, Good Morning! And Happy Arthur’s Day! This is a HUGE holiday in Ireland which began in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Guinness Brewing Company. There are huge music festivals all over the country and I am a little bummed that Joe and I are just barely missing it. However, we will be celebrating at a local Irish Pub on the upper east side tonight πŸ˜‰

On Sunday morning, we woke bright and early, had breakfast and checked out of the B&B. We set out on our drive to Galway, which is where we were meeting the rest of the wedding party for the welcome reception later in the day.

There were very narrow windy roads with a lot of blind turns, so it was pretty dicey for the first half of the drive, but Joe did great!

On our way, we came across a super cute village called Ballyvaughan, so decided to stop and walk around.

After roaming around a bit, we got back in the car and continued our journey to Galway. Once there, we checked into the hotel everyone was staying at.

Then we set out on a mission for Guinness and a hat for Joe.

We found both πŸ™‚

We also found this heavenly place, but ran out of time to go in πŸ˜‰

We hurried back to the hotel to get ready for the welcome reception. It was taking place in the hotel, and it was so great to connect with everyone and hear all the different adventures people had on the their trips so far.

groom on the right

the bride in green

We hit another pub after dinner, but last call is at 11:30 in Ireland, so we weren’t out long.

The next morning, Joe and I went on a long walk through Galway, and over to Salt Hill.

We were told we had to get fish n’ chips at Salt n’ Pepper…we didn’t realize it was an hour walk to get there!

But, at least 2hour round trip walking burned off the fried food πŸ™‚ Then, it was back in the car for a drive further out on the west coast to the wedding location – Connemara. The landscape along the way was phenomenal!

We had to stop for a few sheep traffic jams.

and I tried to sneak up on some- I just wanted to take one home…that’s a reasonable pet for a Manhattan apartment, no?

The manor we were staying at was an absolutely stunning location for the wedding!

Since the sheep didn’t want to be caught, I found a dog friend that couldn’t run away from me.

I unpacked and took a quip nap while Joe went about Groomsman duties. Then we all convened in the dining room for dinner.

The meal was delicious and after a bunch of us stayed up chatting over drinks for a while. Then it was time to call it a night. Tomorrow was the big wedding and Joe and I had a big hike planned in the Connemara national forest!

Have you ever been to a destination wedding? Have you ever chased a sheep πŸ˜‰ ?

5 responses to “Ireland Days 2 & 3

  1. I’m completely stunned that last call is @ 11:30 in Ireland. I would never of thought that. Crazy!!

    You and Joe are so lucky to have gotten to experience and visit such a beautiful place. I must make sure to show Joshua these pictures, so he’ll be game to vacation there πŸ™‚

    • Ya- we were completely shocked too! It actually forced us to get to sleep earlier though and then we were able to be up early the next day, so I kind of liked it!
      start campaigning for Ireland now- you have to go sometime!

  2. Looks like you guys had a blast!! I want to go to Ireland!
    I’m sorry you have a cold too… Being sick stinks!

  3. loving all of your pics and recaps! sounds and looks like such an amazing time and experience! ive never been to a destination wedding…yet, hehe. the pic of you and joe (with u and white near the bottom) is so cute!

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